The San Saba Armadillos took the top-ranked Goldthwaite Eagles to overtime before losing 20-14 last Friday night at Rogan Field. Defense dominated for both teams and yards were hard to get. Neither team amassed 250 yards total offense in the game. San Saba had 213 yards while Goldthwaite got 245 yards, all rushing.
San Saba won the toss and deferred to the second half. The Eagles started with the ball at the 20 after the Diego Gonzalez kickoff went into the end zone. On 3
After a couple of short runs, quarterback Ryan Pannell connected with Luke Cox in the back of the end zone for the score. The Eagle defender thought Cox was out of bounds but the official signaled touchdown. Gonzalez added the PAT and the Armadillos had a quick 7-0 lead.
The ensuing kickoff was muffed out of bounds at the 10 yard line. A nice 19 yard run by Jonathon Williams gave Goldthwaite some room. Two plays later, Williams got loose on a 66-yard touchdown run. The PAT by Joe Perez was missed and the lead stood at 7-6 in favor of the Dillos just four minutes into the game.
It was at this point that defense took over. For the remainder of the half, neither team was able to get inside the opposing 20 yard line. Each team lost two fumbles and punted several times. The halftime score read San Saba 7, Goldthwaite 6.
San Saba got the ball to start the second half. The Armadillos fumbled on the first play and the eagles started at the Dillo 33.
Gary Head scored from 18 yards out to cap the 5-play drive. Goldthwaite elected to try for 2 points as Tyler Horton was able to dive across to make the score 14-7 Eagles.
The teams traded punts when San Saba got the ball with 3:02 left in the 3
After the teams traded punts again, Goldthwaite began from their own 3-yard line. A fumble recovery by San Saba gave the Dillos an excellent opportunity to take the lead again. However, on 3
The teams could not generate offense and regulation ended with the score still 14-14. Goldthwaite got the ball first in overtime and scored on a 5-yard run by Gary Head. The PAT was missed and the score was 20-14. San Saba now had a chance to tie or win. On 3
Gary Gant led the Armadillo runners with 67 yards on 16 carries. Jack Whitten added 66 yards on 11 carries. Luke Cox had 2 catches for 22 yards and a touchdown with Clayton Perry having the other score on his 32-yard reception.
It was a mixed week for the district. Coleman and Junction joined San Saba at 0-2, Ozona opened its season with a win, Harper bounced back to beat LaPryor and Sonora moved to 2-0 with a victory over Forsan.
This week, the Armadillos embark on another long road trip to tackle the Wall Hawks in Wall. Wall usually runs the wishbone similar to Goldthwaite so San Saba should already have some practice at defending it. Kickoff is set for 7:30. Come out and support the Dillos. Remember – WE ARE SAN SABA – TAKING THE NEXT STEP TOGETHER.
rd down, the Dillo defense broke through and forced a fumble in the Eagle backfield that was recovered by Jason Wells at the 17 yard line.rd quarter. The Armadillos used 8 plays to score the tying touchdown on a Clayton Perry pass from Ryan Pannell for 32 yards. Diego Gonzalez was true on the PAT and the score was tied 14-14 after the opening play of the final stanza.rd down, Pannell bobbled the snap and Dylan Parrish recovered for the Eagles.rd and 6 from the 21 after a substitution penalty, the pass from Pannell was intercepted by Rigo Dela Cruz giving Goldthwaite the hard-fought, exciting 20-14 overtime victory.